Alternate headline: Select members of Congress breathe sigh of relief at prospect of healthier hookers
Organized by “Siouxsie Q,” a Bay Area sex worker, the event was meant to encourage other sex workers to enroll in the new insurance exchanges. It was a rousing success: Nearly 40 men and women attended and almost all of them filed enrollment paperwork.
In the all-cash, off-the-books sex industry, workers can be particularly high risk and insurance is often out of reach. Many sex workers — a broad term that can refer to a number of services, including sexual massage, prostitution, and escort and dominatrix work — consider themselves self-employed entrepreneurs who can’t afford to purchase healthcare. But that could all change with the Affordable Care Act. [...]
Volunteers from Siouxsie’s weekly podcast, The WhoreCast, staffed the event. “Jolene,” another sex worker who had already enrolled through the California exchange, was also on hand to talk users through the process. A key detail for the crowd: Enrollment doesn’t require users to report their employment.
Because much of the income in the sex industry is “off the books” (so I’m told), a person could make a hundred grand or more releasing second chakras for their clients and qualify for subsidized health insurance as long as they report less than $46k in annual income.
Obamacare is a horrible law, but maybe libs will eventually realize that if for no other reason than it’s going to encourage people to create an underground economy which will lower the government’s tax haul.